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Things to know this week - 22 April 2024: Money Week

Posted on 22 April 2024

Welcome to your postgraduate taught student news summary of key things happening this week.

UoY community update

Fee payment reminder - 30 April 2024
A quick reminder that if you pay your own tuition fees or campus accommodation costs, a payment instalment is due at the end of this month. The easiest way to pay is via direct debit or the ‘My Finance’ section in e:Vision.

***A reminder to be wary about giving out your financial information***
We have been advised of a current scam where phone callers claim to be from the University finance team and ask students for personal financial details. Please remember that University staff will never contact you in this way. See more information about scammers - they’re after your money.

Responsible investment at the University
We have announced that the University no longer holds investments in companies that primarily make or sell weapons and defence-related products or services. The changes to our responsible investment statement, which were made in partnership with the University’s Students’ Unions, also confirm that York does not and will not invest in companies whose primary activity is tobacco, gambling, adult entertainment or predatory lending.

1. Feeling overwhelmed by budgeting?

Dedicate some time this week to developing better money habits and growing your personal financial wellbeing with Blackbullion, the student financial education platform. Sign up for free with your UoY email address to take part in Blackbullion Money Week 2024. There’s a chance to:

  • claim limited edition Blackbullion merch 
  • have your questions about money management answered at a live Q&A on Wednesday
  • discover financial tips and easy wins

The path to taking control of your finances and paving the way towards a brighter financial future starts this week!

2. Navigate your dissertation with ease

The Academic Skills Community has a series of tailored workshops to help you through your research:

Ensure all of your writing demonstrates critical analysis by attending our Critical Thinking: what it is and how to do it workshop on 17 May.

3. Winning student idea brings you new Library sensory rooms

It began as a winning idea from LibInspo 2023. Now, we have two new sensory rooms in the Library! Located on the 2nd floor of the Harry Fairhurst building, the bookable Sensory Study Room is designed primarily for studying, whilst the drop-in Sensory Retreat Room is a calm space that allows you to take time out from studying. Check them out this week.

4. Waste Action Week 2024

It’s Waste Action Week - a great time to learn more about reducing waste, which might be handy when it comes to moving out of your accommodation later this year. Check what can be recycled on campus. And to celebrate Waste Action Week, Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS-UK) has two competitions, a quiz, and an Instagram live for you to participate in with the chance to win £25 vouchers.

5. Know someone brilliant?

YUSU’s Love York Awards are your chance to nominate fellow students for awards that recognise their hard work, passion, and commitment to making York the best it can be. With 10 categories like Contribution to Student Wellbeing and Event of the Year, now is the time to shine a spotlight on those extra-special people. Nominate someone for a Love York Award before 1 May.

Offers, competitions and paid opportunities

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